HALIFAX — Nova Scotia could one day have a lot more toll roads than it does now following their appearance nearly 20 years ago.
The government is asking for proposals to conduct a feasibility study for the twinning and tolling at eight specific sections of four major highways with the belief the additional funding could speed up the pace of roadway expansions.
“Nova Scotians have said repeatedly they want safer highways through twinning,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. “Given our fiscal situation and the extremely high cost of twinning highways, we are exploring the option of tolling through a feasibility study. Before any action is taken on tolling, residents will have their say. I want to be clear, government will not implement tolls unless Nova Scotians say they want it.”
The study will look at eight sections of series 100 highways to determine the feasibility of constructing toll highways, a total of 301.2 kilometers:
- Highway 101, Three Mile Plains to Falmouth, 9.5 km
- Highway 101, Hortonville to Coldbrook, 24.7 km
- Highway 103, Exit 5 at Tantallon to Exit 12 Bridgewater, 71 km
- Highway 104, Sutherlands River to Antigonish, 37.8 km
- Highway 104, Taylors Road to Aulds Cove, 38.4 km
- Highway 104, Port Hastings to Port Hawkesbury, 6.75 km
- Highway 104, St. Peter’s to Sydney 80 km
- Highway 107, Porters Lake to Duke Street, Bedford 33 km
Once the study is completed, the information will be brought to the public through a series of consultations, both in person and online, to allow all residents and businesses to have their say.
The report will be completed by end of April 2016 and will include public consultation in the final report.
The only toll road currently in the province is the Cobequid Pass on Highway 104. Motorists typically pay $4 toll to use the entire 45km route while trucks pay up to $24.
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